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Cali police officer talks to youths about gang program
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Cali, Colombia to Expand Gang Reintegration Program in 2017

Local officials in Cali, Colombia are planning to expand a recently instituted gang reintegration program, raising questions about what type of long-term impact...
Meditation has helped bring violence levels down among inmates in Mexico's Apodaca prison
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How Meditation Reduced Violence in a Mexico Prison

A meditation technique has been praised for pacifying what was once among Mexico's most violent prisons, demonstrating the success of rehabilitation techniques in a...
Palmira, Colombia
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Police, Social Action Credited with Taming Deadly Colombia City

The violence plagued city of Palmira saw 46 percent fewer homicides in the first six months of 2016 than in the same period a year earlier, a sign that new security...
Incarcerated youth gang members in Guatemala
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Guatemala Prison Programs Rehabilitate 70% of Minors: Report

A new report says more than two-thirds of all jailed youths in Guatemala are "rehabilitated" while incarcerated, a rare bright spot for the country's oft-maligned...
Coca eradicators in Peru
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Peru Coca Cultivation Lowest in 15 Years: UN

Coca cultivation continues to fall in Peru in response to unprecedented eradication efforts, but this progress is undermined by the government's failure to...
Medellin's homicide rate has declined dramatically
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To Reduce Urban Violence in LatAm, Learn From Success Stories

If Latin America hopes to shed its dubious title as the world's most violent region, it will have to lower homicides in the areas where they are most concentrated:...
Police in Honduras
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Breaking Precedent, Honduras Police Reform Makes Progress

A two-month old police reform commission in Honduras has already made significant progress toward cleaning up the country's notoriously troubled law enforcement...
Police roundup in Ciudad Delgado
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El Salvador’s ‘Plan Seguro’ Failing to Make Communities Safe: Report

The unceasing drumbeat of deadly violence in notoriously rough Ciudad Delgado highlights the failure of the government’s "Plan El Salvador Seguro" to provide quick...
In his new book, Moncada examines the experiences of three Colombian cities
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Book Traces Roots of Security Successes, Failures in Colombia Cities

A new book on the politics of urban violence in Colombia offers both a detailed look at what worked and a framework for analyzing and overcoming public security...
El Salvador is the murder capital of the world
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Can US Violence Reduction Programs Work in Northern Triangle?

A new USAID report examines what works in reducing community violence in the United States, and how these lessons could be applied to Central America's turbulent...
El Salvador's Comandos de Salvamento rescue squad
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El Salvador Youths Choose Fighting Fires Over Gang Life: Report

A Wall Street Journal report documents how youths in El Salvador are choosing to become firefighters in order to avoid gang life, a unique case that may nonetheless...
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What Drives Crime in Mexico City’s Most Dangerous Areas?

A new study discusses the social factors that influence crime rates in Mexico City's most violent neighborhoods, an approach that could help guide a revised...